One Last Chance: Sodom and Gomorrah

When one thinks of sin, often Sodom and Gomorrah is the first place to come to mind.

Sodom and Gomorrah was so wicked God destroyed the cities

Sodom and Gomorrah was so wicked God destroyed the cities

Genesis 13 tells us “the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord.”

A battle among the five Kings and cities along the River Jordan resulted in these two cities “spoiled of their goods and captives were taken, including Lot.”  However, Abram {later Abraham} gathered forces and freed the cities.

Three men, thought to be angels, came to Abraham.  These men revealed to Abraham that the Lord was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because “their sin is very grievous.”

Abraham asked the Lord to show mercy if fifty righteous people were found {number lowered gradually to ten}.  Two angels went to investigate and were met by Lot, Abraham’s nephew.  The men of the city surrounded the house of Lot and demanded the men be sent out “so we may know them.”

Lot refused but offered his two virgin daughters.  The people did not want them and commanded Lot and his family to leave.

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with “brimstone and fire” from the Lord.

Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned throughout Scripture in both the Old and New Testament.  They are usually mentioned as a warning to repent.

So what lessons can we learn from these two cities?

Hail and brimstone rained down on these evil cities

Hail and brimstone rained down on these evil cities

  1. Even when we don’t deserve it God will send deliverance {Abram freed the cities}
  2. God is willing to be mercifully when he finds righteous men and women
  3. God will rescue the righteous and their family {Lot and his family}
  4. God was repelled by the acts and behaviors of those in these two cities.
  5. Evil refuses what the righteous offers
  6. Judgement may be delayed, but will eventually arrive

God will not show mercy when He destroys sin

 

For others in the One Last Chance Series:

Adam and Eve, Cain

For the Second Chances series:

Old Testament: JonahJob,  SamsonRahabDavid and BathshebaMosesJoseph, and  Jacob

New Testament: Zacchaeus, Woman Caught in Adultery, The Prodigal Son, The Thief on the Cross, Saul to Paul, John Mark, and Peter